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Strickly speaking, it's not "pay", but rather as the article says, "total compensation packages [which] include wages and salaries, the employer contribution to health insurance, clothing and vehicle allowances, and other contractual benefits." For those interested in seeing how much wages and salaries public employees of Illinois are being paid, check out openthebooks.com. It's interesting to see where some of our tax dollars are going. However, the figures don't include include wages and salaries, but no other contractual benefits (health insurance, for instance).
AAgh. In the last sentence above, I meant "However, the figures only show wages and salaries, but don't include other contractual benefits (health insurance, for instance)."
Yes, you are correct, insurance and other benefits are included in the "pay" listed. From what I have read, that is a major reason for higher "pay" for public sector employees compared to pay for similar jobs in the private sector. Pay packages reverse, though, the higher up the compensation ladder an employee moves.